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Health Department Investigating Several Cases Of Whooping Cough In Kanawha County

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Reported: Nov. 13, 2013 9:13 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 13, 2013 12:25 PM EST

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Kanawha Whooping Cough
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department said Wednesday it is investigating several cases of whooping cough.

The cases include a recent report of a child with whooping cough who attended the U.S. Martial Arts Tournament in St. Albans, and a child in Kanawha County Schools, according to a news release from the health department.

Whooping cough or pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease and is most commonly spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others, the health department said. Anyone can get whooping cough, but is especially dangerous in unvaccinated infants, people with weakened immune systems and the elderly. Nationwide, pertussis infection rates continue to climb.

The health department said pertussis is defined as anyone who has had direct face-to-face contact with a person who is symptomatic with the infection.

The health department recommends that anyone who believes they have been exposed to the bacteria should contact his or her physician or the health department at 304-348-1088.



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